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Sports Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime falls to surging Russian in Adelaide semis

16:53  17 january  2020
16:53  17 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Canada secures 1st victory at new ATP Cup

  Canada secures 1st victory at new ATP Cup BRISBANE, Australia — Canada has secured the first match of the new ATP Cup with Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime winning their singles matches against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Michail Pervolarakis of Greece. The 24-team tournament is kicking off the men's tennis season for 2020, with matches underway Friday in Brisbane and Sydney on Australia's east coast and Perth in Western Australia state. The Canadians took an unassailable 2-0 lead ahead of the doubles match when Shapolvalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., held off No. 6-ranked Tsitsipas 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) in just over two hours in the second of the singles matches in Brisbane.

ADELAIDE , Australia — Canada 's Felix Auger - Aliassime is off to the semifinals of the Adelaide Auger - Aliassime , 19, had eight aces, no double faults and won 90 per cent of points when he got his first serve American qualifier Tommy Paul faces South African qualifier Lloyd Harris in the other semi .

Canada ’s Felix Auger - Aliassime is off to the semi -finals of the Adelaide International. The No. 2 seed from Montreal needed just 55 minutes to beat Australian wild card Alex Bolt 6-3, 6-0 in a quarter-final on Thursday at the ATP Tour 250 event. Auger - Aliassime , 19, had eight aces, no double faults and won

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ADELAIDE, Australia — Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime lost a tight semifinal against a red-hot opponent on Friday at the Adelaide International.

The No. 2 seed from Montreal fell 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-4 to No. 3 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia, who has won 11 matches in a row.

Rublev saved nine of 10 break points and finally prevailed in just under three hours at the Australian Open tuneup event.

Auger-Aliassime, 19, fell just short of joining Alexander Zverev as only the second player since 2008 to reach four ATP Tour finals as a teenager.

The Canadian, ranked 22nd in the world, saved eight of 10 break points, but lost a key game on serve to go down 5-4 in the third set. Rublev then won on serve to finish it.

More misery for Zverev with Shapovalov loss at ATP Cup

  More misery for Zverev with Shapovalov loss at ATP Cup Alexander Zverev's terrible run of form showed no signs of abating Tuesday after the German surrendered meekly to Canada's Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-2 in the ATP Cup's third round. It was Zverev's third straight loss at the ATP Cup. He fell to Australian Alex de Minaur in three sets in the first round before suffering a comprehensive 6-1, 6-4 loss to Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday.The world number seven conceded he had major problems ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.His serve has been especially poor this week.

Canada 's Felix Auger - Aliassime is off to the semifinals of the Adelaide International. Auger - Aliassime next faces No. 3 seed and world No. 22 Andrey Rublev of Russia in the semifinals of the American qualifier Tommy Paul faces South African qualifier Lloyd Harris in the other semi .

No. 2 seed Felix Auger - Aliassime of Canada advanced Thursday to the quarterfinals of the Adelaide International in Australia. Auger - Aliassime earned an easy 6-3, 6-0 victory over Australia's Alex Bolt in a match that lasted just 55 minutes. Rublev moved to 6-0 on the season with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Rublev, who will face South African Lloyd Harris in the final, is the first player since 2004 to reach back-to-back finals in the first two weeks of the season.

Meanwhile, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski fell to a familiar foe in her quest for a 10th career WTA doubles title.

The 27 year old from Ottawa, alongside Croatia's Darija Jurak, lost to her former playing partner Yifan Xu and Nicole Melichar 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 in the women's doubles final.

Dabrowski and Jurak appeared poised to close it out, up 5-3 in the second set. However, Xu and Melichar managed to save two match points en route to winning four straight games to force a super tiebreaker — that they would win to secure the title.

Just a few months back, Dabrowski and Xu concluded a three-year partnership after playing in their second career WTA Finals.

ATP Cup 2020: Canada defeats Germany, keeps tournament hopes alive

  ATP Cup 2020: Canada defeats Germany, keeps tournament hopes alive Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov put it all on the line against Germany on Tuesday — and they came out on top.Felix Auger-Aliassime dropped the first match of the tie against Jan-Lennard Struff in two sets Tuesday, 6-1, 6-4. Denis Shapovalov, the country's top men's singles player, faced down world No. 7 Alexander Zverev and defeated him, 6-4, 6-4, leaving the two to play Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. They won that set 6-3, 7-6(4) to ensure Team Canada can remain alive in the 24-team competition.

Canada 's Felix Auger - Aliassime wins at the Adelaide International and will face Aussie Alex Bolt at the ATP 250 on Felix Auger - Aliassime Ready To Build On Breakout Year. #NextGenATP Canadian off to a good start in Adelaide . To Felix Auger - Aliassime , his debut season on the ATP

Felix Auger - Aliassime and Canada will kick off the inaugural ATP Cup in Brisbane on Friday Felix Auger - Aliassime and Hyeon Chung pose with a photo with students from Jinhui Primary School on Felix Auger - Aliassime will play fellow #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the first round

In their first tournament as partners in 2017, the Canadian-Chinese pair won the Miami Open — one of five career doubles titles they accrued as a team.

Dabrowski also reached her first Grand Slam final in women’s doubles at last year's Wimbledon playing alongside Xu.

Despite failing to win the title at the All-England Club, Dabrowski still became the first Canadian to play in a Grand Slam women’s doubles final since Jill Hetherington did it over 30 years ago (lost in 1989 Australian Open final).

The Ottawa native is expected to play doubles with Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko at the upcoming Australian Open. Dabrowski and Ostapenko won the Qatar Open in February 2018 in their fourth tournament as a pairing. Ostapenko was a late substitute for Xu, who was nursing a back injury at the time.

Dabrowski will also play mixed doubles in Melbourne with Croatian Mate Pavic. The pair has played plenty of Grand Slams together — including a championship run during the 2018 Australian Open.

Shapovalov pushes Djokovic to limit in ATP Cup quarters but Canada falls to Serbia

  Shapovalov pushes Djokovic to limit in ATP Cup quarters but Canada falls to Serbia SYDNEY, Australia — Denis Shapovalov pushed world No. 2 Novak Djokovic to the limit but lost 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) on Friday as Canada was eliminated by Serbia from the ATP Cup's quarterfinal. Shapovalov, ranked No. 14 in the world, had lost all four of his previous meetings with Djokovic. Earlier, Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime fell to Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-2 in the first match the quarterfinal. The two singles losses guaranteed Canada'sShapovalov, ranked No. 14 in the world, had lost all four of his previous meetings with Djokovic.

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ADELAIDE , Australia — Canada 's Felix Auger - Aliassime snapped a three-match losing streak with an 6-3, 7-6 (0) win over Australian James Kerber lost in the first round to Sam Stosur last week at the Brisbane International. In other second-round women's matches in Adelaide , Donna Vekic beat Maria

In women's singles, world No. 1 Ash Barty came from a set down to beat American Danielle Collins 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5) in the semis.

Barty will meet world No. 24 Dayana Yastremska in Saturday's final after the 19-year-old Ukrainian beat Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Collins was bothered by a back injury in the final set. She received treatment and was able to continue.

"It was probably my first real taste (this year) of some adrenaline late in matches," Barty said. "And that is what we're after, to try and practice those things as best we can. I felt like I did what I wanted to do well tonight and got over the line."

Barty beat Yastremska in their only previous meeting last year in Miami.

"I had a good preseason, I worked on a lot of things and I think that's paying off ... each game, I'm playing better and better," Yastremska said.

— With files from The Associated Press

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2020.

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Canada's Auger-Aliassime says staying positive despite Australian Open exit .
Canada's Auger-Aliassime says staying positive despite Australian Open exitMELBOURNE (Reuters) - Teenaged Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime says he is not losing confidence in his game despite bowing out in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday with a 7-5 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 loss to world number 256 Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

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